It’s Time to Talk About Tiny Cars: Are They Safe Enough to Be Street Legal?

It’s no surprise that smaller vehicles are becoming more popular not only in Southern California, but across the country, as gas costs increase, drivers become increasingly concerned about environmental issues, and parking places become increasingly scarce. While they make sense in the short term, do they provide the long-term safety you’d expect from a larger vehicle?

That was the subject of a recent research. Continue reading to learn how little vehicles perform in automobile accidents. If you have been in an automobile accident, call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000. We can assist you in determining the optimal solution for your requirements.

Small cars can be almost as safe as larger, heavier automobiles

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety recently released research with some reassuring news for folks who enjoy tiny vehicles but wish to avoid injuries: Some little automobiles are just as safe, if not safer, than the bigger, heavier vehicles that most people equate with safety.

Vehicles were rated for safety in a variety of areas by the IIHS. They looked at how the automobiles fared when they were hit from the sides, front, and rear, as well as when they were engaged in a rollover accident. The IIHS classified any car that received a “Good” in all four categories (good being the best possible result) as a top safety selection. Many manufactures are represented among the top safety options, including Honda, Chevrolet, Ford, Subaru, and Hyundai.

Many of the top safety picks are available as two-door hatchbacks or four-door sedans

Many of the automobiles on the list of the safest cars are available in both four-door sedan and two-door hatchback versions. The IIHS is unequivocal in its recommendation that sedans be preferred over hatchbacks for those seeking the highest possible crash protection. However, the distinction between the two is insignificant.

A four-door sedan may be a good choice because of its slightly better safety ratings and the fact that many people – especially families – find it more convenient to have easier access to the backseat. A four-door sedan, on the other hand, can provide the same amount of safety for families that feel SUVs and other big cars are safer.

Nothing can guarantee that no one will be involved in a car accident

While finding a car that can help you avoid getting into an accident and make you safer if you are in one is important, there is nothing that can be done to guarantee that accidents will not occur. Contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker for a free legal consultation if you have been harmed in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence.